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I worked at Harris for a couple of months the work environment was fairly busy with all students on task! I found that the role some what confusing as it was a dual rol support staff / technician. I believe that the roles that I was covering was fairly busy and adhoc.
Required differentiation due to the task and outcomes
This establishment is run as a business not as a school and in my experience the SLT have no interest in the students wellbeing whatsoever. it is all about the fancy new state of the art building which potential new students are overwhelmed with, in my experience it is the staff that work there that make it a good school.
I spent 5 truly wonderful years teaching at Harris Academy Peckham. I acquired lots of varied teaching expertise, and worked with amazing colleagues, so supportive professionally, & equally so personable. I loved the dynamic environment, and feel very blessed, I got to work for many outstanding leaders.I started as an NQT, & after achieving full QTS status, I secured an additional position as Academy Wide Most Able coordinator, which I fulfilled for two years. In addition to teaching French and Spanish, I llaunched & developed the German department. The Harris Federation offers opportunities galore for career & professional development, which all positively profoundly shaped me in my teaching, & love of the profession.
Lots of amazing training across different topics.
Lots of competing demands to juggle
If you are a career goal-oreinted experienced teacher, looking for fast-progression and a competitive salary, who is also used to the 'corporate academy chain' atmosphere - then Harris is for you. Do not expect a fair, friendly, welcoming and understanding vibe. DATA & RESULTS ARE A PRIORITY! Less about what you did on your PGCE, If you cannot deliver, expect to be manged out.
I have learnt a lot during my work at Harris Academy. The environment was flexible to work and learn a lot. Opporunities were available but due to my studies I had to stop my work at Harris to be able to finish my BSC degree in Accounting with Finance.
Early working hours
Management within the school I'm in could definitely use some work! There is no care from heads about staffs welfare or how they are coping with things. Instead of being work/life balance, its a work/work balance. You'll find yourself doing a lot of cover and not really getting a chance to do the job role you're meant too. Pay isn't good for the amount of stress you are under and what they expect of you. Only positive fact is knowing you get 14 weeks a year off!
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A highly successful education Federation which has a strong leadership ethic. This feature is communicated strongly to students; these latter understand and respect, the net result being that the majority of Harris Academies in London are rated 'outstanding'. I enjoyed various facets of administration, most notably working with the Bursar.